Crane Accidents

Operator Killed When Crane Falls Into Lake


Burnt Chimney, Virginia

A crane operator has been killed after his machine fell off a barge into Smith Mountain Lake.

Capt. Patrick Meeks of Franklin County’s Department of Public Safety says divers recovered the body of 54-year-old Roger Dale Goad of the community of Henry in about 60 feet of water Monday.

Meeks says Goad was working for a company that was replacing a dock in the Blackwater section of the lake.

He says the accident happened about 11:30 a.m. Goad’s body was recovered about two hours later.

Meeks says crews on Tuesday will try to retrieve the crane, which weighs nine to 10 tons.

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